Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is a disorder which is also known as ‘dyspraxia’.
The Dyspraxia Association of Ireland suggests that about 6% of children between 5 and 11 years have DCD.
Children can have mild to quite severe problems with planning and coordinating movement. This affects their participation in self-care activities, in play/leisure and at school. Research shows that they usually do not grow out of these difficulties and extra support is needed!
Poor handwriting is one of the common problems observed in children and teens with DCD.
Developmental delays can also be seen in dressing skills, use of scissors and cutlery, ball skills, balance skills, planning and organisation, etc.
Self-esteem, emotional regulation and social skills can be affected too.